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    05/03/2016 5:22:00 PM PDT · by Morgana · 30 replies ^ | May 2 2016 | Beverly Stevens, REGINA Editor
    With all the hullabaloo on this topic, I have tried valiantly to avoid having a knee-jerk opinion on altar girls. Now, however, I have actually spent some time thinking about it. And I do have an opinion, based on my personal experience both as a Catholic mother and REGINAs Editor. I raised a son and a daughter in the Catholic Church in Connecticut in the 1990s and 2000s. My daughter had zero interest in being an altar server and I was somewhat dubious about then-popular claims that serving the altar would somehow prepare her to have a successful career. In...
  • Leaps of Faith: Why Indians are Signing Up as Catholic Priests

    12/20/2015 2:13:33 PM PST · by marshmallow · 29 replies
    The Hindustan Times ^ | 12/20/15 | Apoorva Dutt
    For five years, Omar Fernandes worked as a member of the ground staff at the Mumbai airport. The end of each day was marked by coffee and conversations with colleagues. "Most of the men I worked with were in their 40s and 50s," says the 30-year-old. "They would talk about how miserable they were at work, how they were struggling to provide for their families. It seemed like such a hard life." These conversations began to crystallise his resolve to become a priest. It's something he'd been thinking about for four years already. "I was 24 when I got my...
  • Priests needed: As (Catholic) Church growth explodes worldwide, parishes can't keep up

    06/15/2015 2:33:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 32 replies
    cna ^ | January 12, 2015 | Matt Hadro
    Pilgrims fill St. Peter's Square for Pope Francis' Wednesday general audience on Oct. 15, 2014. Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA. Washington D.C., Jun 12, 2015 / 05:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The global Catholic population is growing – so quickly, in fact, that priest and parish numbers cannot keep up, says a new study on trends in the worldwide Church. And this poses a challenge: With an overall growth in the number of Catholics, especially in Africa and Asia, but not enough growth in the number of parishes and priests to supplement it, there are fewer opportunities for Catholics to receive the sacraments...
  • Is There a Vocation to the Single Life? I Think Not and Heres Why

    05/27/2015 5:42:38 AM PDT · by Salvation · 29 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-26-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Is There a Vocation to the Single Life? I Think Not and Here’s Why By: Msgr. Charles PopeThere are some today who think that the Church should give greater recognition to the “call” to the single life. And therefore when we pray for  vocations to the priesthood, religious life, and marriage in the Prayer of the Faithful (or at other times) some will say, “Why don’t you ever pray for those called to the single life or mention the vocation to the single life?” Here in the blog, too, when I write about vocations there are usually some who comment...
  • Husband, father, deaconand soon, a priest

    05/08/2015 3:22:01 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Catholic Philly ^ | May 5, 2015 | BRENDAN MONAHAN
    Thirteen years ago Jim Cardosi’s wife, Cindy, discovered she had little time left to live.In 2002 she experienced symptoms resulting from a neurological illness that by 2005 would be identified as frontotemporal dementia or Pick’s Disease, which Cindy developed in her mid-40s.She required full-time care, so Jim retired from the military. They raised five kids together and built their lives around each other.Jim’s faith kept him poised throughout the illness, and he felt the call to the priesthood before her death. He cared for Cindy until her passing in July 2008 at 51 years old in their Jacksonville, Florida home.“I...
  • Welcome to 1950! A Surprising Statistic About the Number of Priests per parish

    08/16/2013 2:28:58 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | August 15, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    It is a common notion that the number of priests has plummeted in this country. Many speak of the halcyon days when there were four and five priests per parish, and the seminaries were packed. And while some of these memories are accurate, they are drawn from a time in this country that was very brief.The fact is, the number of priests per parish spiked sharply after 1950 and has now leveled back to the levels of 1950 and before.Note the graph at the upper right from the Center for Research in the Apostolate (CARA). It depicts the number of...
  • Celebrating the Year of Consecrated Life

    03/12/2015 12:34:46 PM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies ^ | February 27, 2015 | Father John Flynn, LC
    Celebrating the Year of Consecrated Life Australian Bishops Release Pastoral Letter on Calling to Religious Life Rome, February 27, 2015 ( Father John Flynn, LC | 456 hits A pastoral letter to commemorate the Year of Consecrated Life dated February 26 was published this week by the Australian Catholic Bishops Commission for Church Ministry.“We welcome the invitation of Pope Francis to make this a year of thanksgiving and of deeper reflection on the calling of the consecrated men and women among us,” it stated.“Australia is blessed to have had so many religious sisters, brothers and priests living and ministering...
  • Learning the Priesthood: The Role of Altar Service in Vocational Discernment (Catholic Caucus)

    02/27/2015 1:54:58 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    Onepeterfive ^ | February 27, 2015 | PETER LYONS
    On March 15, 1994, a virtual tsunami struck the Liturgy of the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church. Cardinal Antonio Ortas wrote a document to the Episcopal conferences announcing that the Vatican had, for the first time, permitted altar girls. Over 20 years later, many question the impact of this decision as the Church continues to reap a desperately meager harvest of young men responding to God’s call to the Priesthood.Born in 1997, I was blissfully unaware of the damage being wrought in the Eternal City. By the grace of God I was destined to remain ignorant of the fact for many years. Thinking...
  • Guiding Our Children to Discover Their Vocation [Catholic Caucus]

    01/11/2015 4:24:31 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies ^ | January 7, 2015 | Jessica Archuleta
    Guiding Our Children to Discover Their Vocation Jessica Archuleta We all know there is a vocations crisis in the Church. We have a shortage of priests, deacons, and religious. Fewer people than ever want to get married or stay married (I would also add, there is a shortage of single people who are living out holy lives).To add to the problem, there is a lot of talk about discerning one’s vocation that can be confusing to young people. Some are waiting for a sign–some great experience that will leave them without a doubt as to God’s calling in their lives. Others feel they must follow a...
  • For Advent: The Treasure of Singleness

    12/10/2014 8:51:12 PM PST · by Salvation · 65 replies ^ | na | Tyler Blanski
    The Treasure of Singleness Tyler Blanski It can be difficult to be a single Christian. I remember watching as one by one my friends would marry, start families, and settle down. The cards would come just before Christmas with news of another baby or a new home, and I would set them on the table in my empty apartment and sigh. As a Christian, my newsfeed was like one long drawn out toast to holy matrimony, and I was getting tired of holding up my glass. The Kingdom of God is like a wedding feast, and the baptized faithful had so...
  • Pope Francis' Message for the Year of Consecrated Life

    11/29/2014 7:09:04 PM PST · by Salvation · 17 replies ^ | 11-29-14 | Pope Francis
    Pope Francis' Message for the Year of Consecrated Life "So I invite every Christian community to experience this Year above all as a moment of thanksgiving to the Lord and grateful remembrance for all the gifts we continue to receive" Vatican City, November 29, 2014 ( | 414 hits Here is the Vatican-provided translation of Pope Francis' message for the Year of Consecrated Life which begins tonight, with the vigil for the first Sunday of Advent. * * *Dear Brothers and Sisters in Consecrated Life,I am writing to you as the Successor of Peter, to whom the Lord entrusted the...

    11/28/2014 10:28:21 AM PST · by NYer · 27 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | November 27, 2014 | KATE O'HARE
    Floods of tears; ecstatic, frankly romantic visions of Jesus; low points and high drama — you’re either reading St. Therese’s autobiography “The Story of a Soul” or you’re watching “The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns.”Of course, one of these is a classic work of spirituality by a Doctor of the Church, and the other is a Lifetime reality show (premiering Tuesday, Nov. 25 at 10 p.m. ET/PT), but they’re both the stories of emotional, expressive young women dealing with the notion of becoming a Bride of Christ.Granted, Therese would never have done anything like “twerking,” as does one of the five young...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: BROTHERS INSTITUTES, 10-09-14

    10/09/2014 8:26:00 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 10-09-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:BROTHERS' INSTITUTESReligious institutes of men whose members are either entirely or mainly brothers who are not and do not intend to be ordained. There are more than forty such institutes of pontifical status in the Catholic Church. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • A Prophecy: The Vocations Crisis is Over

    07/10/2014 1:40:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Standing on my head ^ | January 9, 2014 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    When I say this is a prophecy I don’t want to suggest that I have had some sort of supernatural vision. This is not a prophecy in that sense, but a prophecy because prophets not only sometimes have supernatural revelations, but they are people who are also able to see the big picture, understand the times and circumstances and know the past so they can therefore predict the future.So here is my prediction: the vocations crisis in the Catholic Church in the United States is over.Here’s why: Fifty years after the revolution of the Second Vatican Council we are moving...
  • Forget universal preschool. We need a 13th grade.

    06/12/2014 1:15:19 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Everything ^ | June 10, 2014 | Dr. Andre Perry, dean of urban education, Davenport University
    In education circles, universal preschool is hot. But its only half the answer. If we really want to raise a generation of employable kids, we need universal 13th and 14th grades too. As taxpayers, weve decided to subsidize the education of every American child between the ages of 5 and 18. But current education funding structures reflect a bygone industrial age, when a high school diploma met or in some cases exceeded the needs of the local and national economies. Now, neither preschool nor college is a luxury, and families shouldnt have to pay for the schooling that keeps society...
  • Saved from abortion, Chilean twin brothers are now priests

    08/17/2013 2:21:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    cna ^ | August 16, 2013
    Santiago, Chile, Aug 16, 2013 / 04:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two twin brothers in Chile say that their mother’s determination in protecting them from abortion despite the advice of doctors helped to foster their vocations to the priesthood. “How can I not defend the God of life?” said Fr. Paulo Lizama. “This event strengthened my vocation and gave it a specific vitality, and therefore, I was able to give myself existentially to what I believe.” “I am convinced of what I believe, of what I am and of what I speak, clearly by the grace of God,” he told CNA....
  • Catholic Caucus: What I Gave Up By Not Being A Priest

    03/08/2014 7:17:06 PM PST · by Coleus · 17 replies
    Seton Magazine ^ | 03.06.14 | John Clark
    Like many Catholic fathers, I often pray that if my boys have vocations to the priesthood, they accept their callings. Sadly, as Jesus told us, many do not. The corollary to my prayer is the additional plea that I be given the graces to properly assist them along their way. There are some obvious ways to do that: talk about my (very imperfect) love of God, pray with them, and take them to liturgy and the sacraments. But I also believe that part of that grace is the ability to explain the priesthood in a positive and encouraging...
  • So you want to be a nun? [Catholic Caucus]

    02/12/2014 10:14:51 AM PST · by Salvation · 13 replies
    Arlington Catholic Herald ^ | 7/27/11 | Katie Bahr
    7/27/11 | So you want to be a nun? What to do when you feel called to the convent   By Katie Bahr | Catholic Herald   Courtesy Photo Women in discernment speak with Nashville Dominican sisters during a retreat at the order's motherhouse in Tennessee.     Maybe you’re losing sleep over it. Or there’s a nagging feeling in the back of your mind every time you watch “The Sound of Music.” Or perhaps you simply feel called to live out your faith in a deeper way and are curious about what life is like for those women...
  • ECUMENIC: Vocations in the Wake of Scandal I am Part of the Solution, not the Problem.

    05/06/2011 4:58:53 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 3 replies ^ | 5.5.11 | Msgr. Charles Pope.
    At the Bottom of this post is an encouraging excerpt taken from a video, The Catholic Priest Today, produced by the Cresta Group. In it we are reminded once again of the resiliency of the Church, and that the Holy Spirit can make a way out of no way. From a worldly perspective one would expect vocations to the priesthood to take a real hit in the wake of the sexual abuse scandal. Yet in many, if not most dioceses, vocations are up, or at least steady. One of the seminarians in the film clip says, I want to get...
  • A Divorced Father of Two Becomes Seattles Newest Priest

    07/01/2013 11:49:42 AM PDT · by NYer · 36 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | June 30, 2013 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    Amazing but true. Details: There aren’t a whole lot of priests in the Latin Church with two grown sons, but the Archdiocese of Seattle’s newest priest, Father Mark Kiszelewski, is one of those few. He was ordained to the priesthood June 8 by Archbishop J. Peter Sartain at St. James Cathedral.From an early age, Father Kiszelewski, now 58, felt a tug toward the priesthood, but his path to ordination was obviously not a direct one.From seminary to ‘real world’Growing up in Merrick, N.Y., he admired the priests at Cure of Ars Parish, where he also attended the parish school.“I oftentimes...
  • Bishop Robert McManus, the Diocese of Worcester, and vocations

    05/24/2013 7:20:11 AM PDT · by cleghornboy
    La Salette Journey ^ | May 24, 2013 | Paul Melanson
    As I noted in a previous post (see here), the Diocese of Worcester has some sort of animus against men who feel called to the priesthood but who accept, promote and defend the Church's Magisterial teaching. There really is no denying this. Candidates such as Jonathan Joseph Slavinskas are entirely welcome within the diocese (see here), but I am not permitted to even apply as part of a discernment process. This is most unfortunate. Dr. Germain Grisez explains that, "Since the ordained priesthood and diaconate provide the necessary ministries of the word and sacraments to the whole Church, every member...
  • US: average age of new (Catholic) priests is 32

    05/02/2013 5:45:29 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    ICN ^ | May 1, 2013
    The average age of men in the USA ordained to the priesthood in 2013 is 32; (on average over the past six years seminarians have been getting slightly younger) two-thirds are Caucasian, and 26 percent carry educational debt.These figures stand out in The Class of 2013: Survey of Ordinands to the Priesthood, the annual national survey of men being ordained priests for US dioceses and religious communities. The study was conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), a Georgetown University-based research center.The report is the 17th annual survey of ordinands commissioned by the Secretariat for Clergy,...
  • Church in U.S. Set for Annual Week to Focus on Vocations

    01/12/2013 9:41:45 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies ^ | January 10, 2013 |
    Church in U.S. Set for Annual Week to Focus on Vocations Study Suggests 600,000 Youth Have Considered Religious Vocation WASHINGTON, D.C., January 10, 2013 ( The Catholic Church in the United States will celebrate National Vocation Awareness Week this coming week, beginning with Sunday's Masses.The annual event calls parishes to consider their role in promoting the role of priests, deacons and men and women religious and consecrated persons."National Vocation Awareness Week gives dioceses and parishes across the country a chance to promote vocations through prayer and education," said Archbishop Robert Carlson, chairman of the bishops' Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life...
  • From Speed Skating to Religious Life: Former Olympian on the Call to Join Franciscan--[Cath Caucus]

    07/29/2012 7:37:32 PM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies ^ | JULY 27, 2012 | Ann Schneible
    From Speed Skating to Religious Life Former Olympian on the Call to Join Franciscan Order By Ann SchneibleLONDON, JULY 27, 2012 ( With the London summer Olympics commencing today, a former Olympian now a sister with theCommunity of the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewalin Leeds, England shared with ZENIT her journey toward answering the call to the religious life.For CFR Sister Catherine Mary of the Holy Trinity the Olympics were a family affair. The Wisconsin native -- whose legal name is Kirstin Holum -- is the daughter of Dianne Holum, who gained international fame by becoming the first...
  • Study finds new religious vocations are younger, more educated

    04/11/2012 2:47:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | April 11, 2012
    Religious women at World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid, Spain. Washington D.C., Apr 11, 2012 / 04:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A recent study of men and women who professed perpetual vows in 2011 shows that new members of religious orders are younger and more educated than those in the past. We are encouraged by the reports findings that men and women are considering a vocation at a younger age, said Mercy Sister Mary Joanna Ruhland, associate director of the U.S. bishops secretariat of vocations and consecrated life.As the Catholics recognize their responsibility to build a vocation culture in its...
  • Number of Priests Worldwide Continues Steady Increase (and other good news!)

    03/14/2012 12:11:12 PM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies ^ | March 12, 2012 | Zenit
    Number of Priests Worldwide Continues Steady Increase While Women Religious Fewer in Number VATICAN CITY, MARCH 12, 2012 ( On Saturday, Benedict XVI's secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, presented the Holy Father with the 2012 edition of the "Annuario Pontificio" or pontifical yearbook, and the "Annuarium Statisticum Ecclesiae".A note concerning the presentation highlights some of the facts contained in the new edition. In 2011, the Pope erected eight new episcopal sees, one personal ordinariate and one military ordinariate. One archdiocese and eight dioceses were elevated to the rank of metropolitan see; one prelature, one apostolic vicariate and one apostolic...
  • Pope stresses spiritual guidance in discerning religious vocation

    01/15/2012 2:10:31 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    cna ^ | January 15, 2012
    Pope Benedict XVI Vatican City, Jan 15, 2012 / 11:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has emphasized need for good spiritual counsel for those who are discerning a vocation to the priesthood or religious life. I would like to emphasize the critical role of spiritual guidance in the journey of faith and, in particular, in response to the vocation of special consecration for the service of God and his people, the Pope said during his Jan. 15 Sunday Angelus address.Gods call to follow Jesus more closely, giving up forming their own family to dedicate themselves to the great...
  • Catholic Seminary Enrollment Up, But Numbers Seen as Only Part of Story

    11/30/2011 7:08:26 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 11/29/11 | Nancy Frazier O'Brien
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- In his first months as rector of Theological College in Washington, Father Phillip J. Brown has been confronting a problem that the national diocesan seminary for the U.S. Catholic Church "has not had for a long time" -- it is bursting at the seams. Enrollment is maxed out for the 2011-12 academic year at 90 seminarians. Five of those seminarians are back in their dioceses this year gaining pastoral experience, but a Sulpician seminarian and five priests from other countries also live there, bringing the total number of residents to 91 plus faculty members. "If I had...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: IN SYNODO EPISCOPALI. 11-22-11

    11/22/2011 7:32:36 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | 11-22-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):IN SYNODO EPISCOPALI A statement of the Sacred Congregation for Catholic Education, giving the Ratio Fundamentalis (Basic Principles) for the formation of priests. This extensive document deals with vocations, minor and major seminary rectors, professors, spiritual formation, academic training, philosophy, theology, specialized fields, doctrinal teaching, methodology, pastoral preparation, and continuing education (January 6, 1970). All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • "Every Catholic Is Called To Encourage Vocations, Pope Says" [Catholic Caucus]

    10/22/2011 12:33:34 PM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    RomanCatholicVocations via EWTN & CNA ^ | Tuesday, March 15, 2011 | RomanCatholicVocations via EWTN & CNA
    Tuesday, March 15, 2011 "Every Catholic Is Called To Encourage Vocations, Pope Says" VATICAN CITY, February 10 (CNA/EWTN News) - The vitality of the Church depends on individual Catholics fostering vocations in their homes and parishes, the Pope says in his annual message for the May 15 World Day of Prayer for Vocations. "It is essential that every local Church become more sensitive and attentive to the pastoral care of vocations," the Pope writes in his new statement issued by the Vatican on Feb. 10. He speaks of the role of the Church in helping children and young people to...
  • The Perez family's agony and ecstasy: From abortion to ordination

    08/04/2011 5:41:55 PM PDT · by Coleus · 4 replies ^ | July - August 2011 | Doug Bean
    The Perez family's agony and ecstasy: From abortion to ordination When Victor (hereafter referred to as Vic) and Karen Perezs son was ordained a Roman Catholic priest on June 4 in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, Texas, the Perez family was all together and shed tears of joy at this blessed moment. Everyone, that is, except the oldest sibling. However, Vic and Karen believe that the child they named Joseph Manuel was with them in spirit, and that his presence filled the cathedral-and their hearts-with gladness rather than sadness.Joseph is the child and sibling the Perez family never had the privilege...
  • Need some good news? Lots of vocations!

    08/08/2011 3:25:58 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    The Province of St. Joseph of the Dominican Order, sometimes called the "Eastern" province, released some pictures of their novices, who, traditionally, receive the habit on August 8, St. Dominic's feast day. This photo shows the novices who just finished their novitiate together with those coming in. Please pray for them.
  • What is F.O.C.U.S.? [building faithful marriages] [Catholic Caucus]

    Finding F.O.C.U.S. on the web: Fast Facts about Fellowship of Catholic University StudentsThe Story of Fellowship of Catholic University Students Home Page of Fellowship of Catholic University StudentsFast Facts about F.O.C.U.S. FOCUS, the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, is a national campus outreach that meets college students where they are and invites them to examine the meaning and purpose of their lives. Through large group outreach, Bible studies and one-on-one mentoring, FOCUS staff are equipped to introduce college students to the Person of Jesus Christ and the Catholic faith, empowering them to share His love with the world. Problem o...
  • New Vocations Video from the Dominican Friars

    04/25/2011 2:56:11 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    cmr ^ | April 25, 2011
    A lot of people have heard of the vocations boom among Dominican sisters, especially the communities in Nashville and Ann Arbor. Even Oprah knows about the Ann Arbor sisters. But the "eastern" province of Dominican Friars, officially the Province of St. Joseph, has been having a quiet renaissance of late as well. 21 novices entered last summer. This video, with its serious content and joyful tone, shows why men are flocking to the Dominican Order. Watch the video of 21 novices being vested with the habit of our Holy Father, Saint Dominic. In addition, you can see the 8...
  • CARA Reports on Religious Life Confirm Tradition [Catholic Caucus]

    02/18/2011 8:02:11 PM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of ^ | February 17, 2010 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    CARA Reports on Religious Life Confirm TraditionBy: Msgr. Charles Pope On February 2 the National Conference of Catholic Bishops released a report on Religious life. The study was conducted by the very reputable Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA).The Bishops report is interesting and informative for what it says, but also has puzzling omissions in the topics covered, which seem to amount to ignoring the elephant in the room. The elephant is the rather obvious fact that religious communities that preserve traditional elements such as the habit, common prayer, communal life, focused apostolates and strong affirmation of...
  • Good News About Vocations Part 1 of 6

    11/05/2010 12:55:31 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies ^ | November 5, 2010 | Martha Fitzgerald
    Good News About Vocations Part 1 of 6 November 5th, 2010 by Martha FitzgeraldIts True Ordinations are Increasing! Two years ago, on a return visit to Italy, my pilgrimage group happened to be in Assisi the day Corpus Christi was observed. It was the end of the day, our feet hurt, and our energy was flagging, but we determined to join the locals for the evening feast-day service we saw posted on walls across town.It began with Mass at the 12th century cathedral of San Rufino, where St. Francis and St. Clare were baptized. It ended, after a...
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] Vocations Explained: A Catechism on Vocations

    10/03/2010 9:34:36 AM PDT · by tesbassa · 12 replies
    Lux Occulta ^ | 03/02/1897 | A Vincentian father
    CHAPTER I. DEFINITION. EVERY PERSON HAS SOME SPECIAL VOCATION. Q. What is a vocation?A. A call from God to some state of life. Q. Which are the principal states of life?A. Matrimony, virginity, the religious state, and the priesthood. Q. Has every person a vocation?A. Yes; God gives a special vocation to each person. Q. How is this doctrine proved?A. St Paul says: Every one hath his proper gift from God; one after this manner, and another after that. . . . As the Lord hath distributed to every one, as God hath called every one, so let him...
  • Anecdotal Confirmation of Increase in Priestly Vocations

    09/18/2010 4:12:00 PM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies ^ | September 12, 2010 | John Bergsma
    Sunday, September 12, 2010 Anecdotal Confirmation of Increase in Priestly Vocations Michael Barber had a great post below about growing numbers of religious vocations in the Catholic Church in America. I believe I've seen confirming evidence of this trend at the school where I teach, the Franciscan University of Steubenville. Franciscan has always had a strong pre-theologate program, with a fairly steady enrollment of about 50 guys at any given time. (A pre-theologate prepares men to enter a major seminary). Franciscan campus culture is heavily dominated by "households", our alternative to the Greek system. A "household" is a community of...
  • The Coming Explosion in Vocations: Seminaries & Convents Filling Up Fast! [Catholic Caucus]

    09/11/2010 11:42:56 PM PDT · by Salvation · 26 replies · 1+ views ^ | 09-10-10 | Michael Barber/Tim Drake
    The Coming Explosion in Vocations: Seminaries & Convents Filling Up Fast! Tim Drake is one of my favorite Catholic journalists--he always seems to have the inside scoop. Now he has another great article, this time about the explosion of vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Here I'll post his story. Later I'll tell you about my friend Brother Cajetan, who made his "simple profession" of vows last month in August--I was there and it was a glorious! But before the anecdotal account, here's the bigger story Brother Cajetan is a part of: Take a look at some of the...
  • God and Woman at Harvard

    08/26/2010 6:15:07 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 8-26-10 | Kathryn Jean Lopez
    Dont tell Mary Anne Marks the Catholic Church is an oppressive, misogynistic disaster. She knows better. And shes got a Harvard degree, too. Miss Marks, a native of Queens, N.Y., graduated from Harvard University this past semester with an undergraduate degree in classics and English, delivering her commencement address in Latin. This fall, she begins a new life, discerning her future consecrated to Christ as a Catholic religious sister with the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, in Ann Arbor, Mich. She and I are alumnae of the same high school, Dominican Academy, in Manhattan. Before heading to...
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] 23 Reasons Why A Priest Should Wear His Collar

    07/23/2010 1:55:10 PM PDT · by mlizzy · 6 replies · 4+ views
    Courageous Priest ^ | 7-22-10 | Msgr. Charles M. Mangan & Father Gerald E. Murray
    1. The Roman collar is a sign of priestly consecration to the Lord. As a wedding ring distinguishes husband and wife and symbolizes the union they enjoy, so the Roman collar identifies bishops and priests (and often deacons and seminarians) and manifests their proximity to the Divine Master by virtue of their free consent to the ordained ministry to which they have been (or may be) called. 2. By wearing clerical clothing and not possessing excess clothes, the priest demonstrates adherence to the Lords example of material poverty. The priest does not choose his clothes the Church has, thanks...
  • Of priests and possible priests to be

    06/18/2010 12:24:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies · 187+ views
    osv ^ | June 14, 2010 | Mary DeTurris Poust
    For the past nine months I’ve been working with eight Boy Scouts from my parish, including my own 13-year-old son, toward the completion of their Ad Altare Dei medal, a fairly rigorous religious program for Catholic Scouts that requires them to study the seven sacraments one by one. Service projects and prayers, Powerpoints and collages are all part of the “homework” that has to be done before they conclude with a weekend retreat. I recently helped the boys with the Holy Orders chapter and thought it would be a good experience for them to attend an actual ordination. So this...
  • On the menu: the priesthood

    06/18/2010 10:22:06 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies · 109+ views
    Deacon's Bench ^ | June 18, 2010 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    Here's a great story from a city with great food, about a chef who has decided to feed a very different sort of hunger: There are myriad possibilities as to why a meal at the Upperline could leave a person enriched for reasons that transcend food. One is the communal hug diners feel upon entering the converted Uptown residence. Another is the aesthetic rush of being surrounded by the paintings of local artists while eating food that often pays explicit homage to the work of local chefs. Diners' delight also could be a byproduct of the methods Ken Smith employs...
  • Bishops Launch ... Website To Promote Vocations To Priesthood & Consecrated Life (Catholic Caucus)

    04/27/2010 9:57:27 PM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies · 212+ views ^ | April 27th, 2010 | USCCB
    Bishops Launch National Website To Promote Vocations To Priesthood And Consecrated Life April 27th, 2010 by USCCB WASHINGTON The U.S. Bishops Secretariat of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations is initiating a new website on April 25 to be a resource for both laity and clergy in the promotion of vocations. The launch date is the World Day of Prayer for Vocations and Good Shepherd Sunday.The site has two goals:To help individuals hear and respond to the call by God to the priesthood or consecrated life, andTo educate all Catholics on the importance of encouraging others through prayer and activities...
  • Prayer for Vocations This Sunday [World Day of Prayer for Vocations] Catholic Caucus

    04/24/2010 11:57:05 PM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies · 234+ views ^ | APRIL 23, 2010 | Pope Benedict XVI
    Prayer for Vocations This Sunday "Three Aspects ... I Consider Essential for an Effective Priestly Witness" VATICAN CITY, APRIL 23, 2010 ( As this Sunday is the 47th World Day of Prayer for Vocations, ZENIT is republishing excerpts from Benedict XVI's message for this day, which he wrote on the theme "Witness Awakens Vocations." The message was originally published last November.* * *The 47th World Day of Prayer for Vocations, to be celebrated on the Fourth Sunday of Easter -- Good Shepherd Sunday -- April 25, 2010, gives me the opportunity to offer for your meditation a theme which is...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SERRA INTERNATIONAL, 04-15-10

    04/15/2010 8:48:32 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies · 105+ views ^ | 04-15-10 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):SERRA INTERNATIONAL An organization under Catholic leadership whose purpose is to foster vocations to the priesthood and the religious life. Aggregated since 1951 to the Pontifical Society for Priestly Vocations. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Want to encourage vocations? Shoot the bishop.

    04/10/2010 12:54:09 PM PDT · by Balt · 2 replies · 263+ views
    Priestly Pugilist ^ | 4/10/2010 | The Priestly Pugilist
    In the few thoughts that your PP has offered about media attacks against Pope Benedict XVI during the last couple of weeks, something has been creeping around in the back of your PPs mind. Albeit, the back of your PPs mind is a rather dark and deleterious placeI myself try to avoid it as much as possiblefilled with all manner of unfriendly spirits. The one Ive been having to beat back more than others, however, seems to have been conjured forth by the example of so many bishops rushing to the Holy Fathers defensein some cases, bishops who, by the...
  • Would-Be Priests Are Checked Carefully Amid Vatican Crisis

    04/03/2010 1:44:58 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies · 418+ views
    ABC ^ | April 3, 2010 | JIM SCIUTTO and HANNA SIEGEL
    A seminary is not the place where you'd expect sex to be a regular topic of conversation. But at the North American College in Rome, where student priests from across the United States are sent, new efforts to prevent sexual abuse are changing that. Part of the psychological element of the examination, says the Rev. Gregory Grannazzisi, involves asking students directly about sex and celibacy. "Some will ask you about your friendships," Deacon Michael Novajosky says. "They will ask about what is your sexual past." The difficult questions aren't kept secret, but discussed openly at the seminary as an integral...
  • A priest who found God in the airport

    04/01/2010 5:17:27 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies · 325+ views
    Rome Reports ^ | March 28, 2010
    These days Nicholas Azar dresses in black. But for many years, he wore a colourful uniform, a reflective vest. This was for his job as an airport attendant. At the beginning, Nicholas Azar guided passengers of Sky Team Cargo toward the gates for departure. He was promoted throughout the company until he reached one of the most important positions, manager of finance. He has a masters in business, speaks six languages, and in addition to all of this, now he is a priest. Nicholas Azar"For many years I struggled with the possibility of becoming a priest. I enjoyed dating girls,...
  • French Religious Community Welcomes Girls with Down Syndrome

    03/29/2010 4:36:09 PM PDT · by Salvation · 28 replies · 554+ views ^ | Monday March 29, 2010 | Thaddeus M. Baklinski
    French Religious Community Welcomes Girls with Down Syndrome Monday March 29, 2010 By Thaddeus M. BaklinskiLE BLANC, France, March 29, 2010 ( - The Little Sisters Disciples of the Lamb are a contemplative religious community in France that enables girls with Down syndrome to respond to a religious vocation.The tiny community, founded in 1985 and based in Le Blanc, in the diocese of Bourges, is made up of seven sisters, five of whom have Down syndrome.In a world where up to 90 percent of Down syndrome children are aborted, the Prioress of the Little Sisters Disciples of the...